Week 7 Discussion
Health Care Policy
In this weekâ€™s media presentation, Dr. Trautman, Dr.
Wakefield, and Ms. Coyle discuss how public policies initiated at the national
or state level ultimately influence what occurs at the institutional and local
level of nursing practice and health care delivery. Health care policy usually
is developed to address health care cost, quality, or access, or a combination
of the three. Due to the nature of their interaction with patients, nurses are
well situated to be effective, knowledgeable advocates for their patients.
In this weekâ€™s Discussion, you will examine how current
policies impact how you as a nurse provide health care. You will then select an
issue of interest and determine how you could advocate for policy in that area.
Select one public policy that currently is impacting you and
your practice. Consider the following:
What health care driver was the policy designed to address:
cost, quality, access, or a combination?
Does the policy appear to be achieving its intended results?
On what data are you basing your assumption?
What have been the effects (adverse or positive) of this
policy on health care cost, quality, and access?
How is this policy affecting your nursing practice?
Next, select a health care issueâ€”something you see or
experience on a daily basisâ€”about which you would like to influence a practice
change through the policy process.
Review the Learning Resources, focusing on Kingdonâ€™s Model.
How would you utilize this model to guide your policy development?
By Day 3
Post a brief description of a public policy that is having
an impact on your practice; summarize your analysis of the policy using the
bulleted list above as a guide. Then, summarize the issue you would like to
influence though a change in public policy, and outline how you would utilize
Kingdonâ€™s Model to guide your policy development.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different
days in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional
background information, evidence, or research using an in-text citation in APA
Share an insight from having read your colleaguesâ€™ postings,
synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings
from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.
Validate an idea with your own experience and additional
Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from
readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.
Expand on your colleaguesâ€™ postings by providing additional
insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.
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